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From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

4.8 / 5

62 reviews

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel

From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel
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From US$ 129.15 per person

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Enjoy a fully guided tour from Queenstown to the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) and the surrounding area. This tour is not to be missed, featuring the Southern Alps, stunning lakes, adventure, history, myths, and more.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotel Pick ups start 15 minutes before the tour time. Please check your pick up time in tour information to ensure you do not miss your pickup. You will be picked up in a minibus with Cheeky Kiwi Travel Sign-writing on it. No refunds given for no show passengers.

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience Mt Cook Village and all the activities it has to offer
  • Enjoy the beautiful sight of Lake Pukaki
  • Visit Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in New Zealand
  • Discover the tussock covered mountains of Lindis Pass
Full description
At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is by no means among the world’s tallest but with the nearby Mt Cook village just 750m above sea-level, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatization whatsoever, and so this tour is perfect for people of all levels of fitness. The guided tour begins with pickups in Queenstown and Frankton, before you then travel through the stunning Kawarau gorge to Cromwell. After making a comfort stop in the quaint township of Omarama (where you have the option to taste one of the best creamy chicken pies in New Zealand), you climb your way through Lindis Pass, one of only 3 alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. As you exit the Pass, you may catch glimpses of the mighty mountain itself; but before arriving there is much more to see, including what many consider one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see, and is framed by the backdrop of Aoraki and its brothers in the Southern Alps. The location of several scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lake Pukaki is a destination in and of itself. You soon pass the delta where the mountain’s various rivers, creeks and streams converge to form the lake, and the mountain continues to grow steadily in stature and grandeur until the shear scale of the view makes you feel powerless. Arriving at the alpine village of Mt Cook and the Hermitage - home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre - you now have the freedom to explore in whatever way suits your energy levels and budget. Please select the activity you would like to include during the booking process, which are at an additional charge.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at selected hotels
  • Professionally guided tour with entertainment
  • Snacks
  • Price of optional activities at Mt Cook
  • Child safety seats (available to rent for 50 NZD)
  • Food

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  •  New Zealand weather is unpredictable at any time of the year. Whilst you'll be warm inside the bus, dress or prepare for all seasons
  • Wear walking shoes or boots with good grip soles that can cope with a bit of mud in wet conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 62 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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We made a great choice in choosing Cheeky Kiwi! Having been collected on time we set off on the highlight of our Queenstown holiday. The experience was as perfect as the weather and Rhys was the most enthusiastic and helpful driver/guide ever! Through his commentary , we now know a whole lot more about the formation of this beautiful country, its history, the Māori culture, the wildlife, fauna and flora etc , plus answers to all our questions. We enjoyed the scenic route with all landmarks explained and had a great stop at the Wrinkly Ram ( a must) . The Hopper Valley walk was well worth doing as the result was a spectacular view of Mt Cook and the iceberg lake. Many thanks Rhys, we had a most memorable day and in great company!

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December 31, 2022

Shane, our guide was excellent I have met during my lifetime so far. Even if it was rainy day, he was looking for alternative view points such as clay cliff. It was great we have visited and had a glass of beer at the Codina Hotel that was oldest hotel in NZ built in 1863. I strongly recommended him if anyone will have a chance to visit Queenstown.

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October 28, 2022

Dan has been the best tour guide during my entire trip to New Zealand! He’s full of information & knowledge about the area & had lots of interesting points about the geography of the Aoraki / Mount Cook areas! The tour was extremely fun, with great commentary by Dan, great music (and excellent chats), as well as the scenic views and added options made the trip so much more amazing! Absolutely beautiful views everywhere you looked! Thanks again for the great tour Dan :) definitely will come back to see all of NZ!

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September 15, 2022

Product ID: 208812